The site sits within the Kingston Old Town Conservation Area and is adjacent to the Riverside South Conservation Area, which are both located towards the eastern banks of the River Thames and run south of Kingston Old Town Centre. The buildings on site are identified in the Kingston Town Centre, Area Action Plan as being of average-poor quality, whilst currently providing a dull and unattractive frontage onto High Street and South Lane respectively.
GM London is proposing to bring this site back into use, delivering high-quality private and affordable homes and ground floor office space; a mix of uses appropriate for this location on the edge of the town centre. This investment will regenerate a brownfield site, with strong transport links, for much needed housing whilst also providing employment opportunities and an active frontage for this stretch of the high street.
Our plans will:
This site has remained undeveloped for many years, and there is an opportunity to create a place where people want to live and positively contribute to the character of the area. The site consists of Swan House, an existing four-storey office building, two further existing three-storey office buildings, an existing two-three-storey warehouse / office building and existing car parks.
Two different planning applications have been submitted to the Royal Borough of Kingston in the past ten years for different uses on the site. In 2014, a proposal for 140 one-bed student apartments was proposed and subsequently refused by the Council.
Following this, in 2017, a 420-pupil school with 11 residential flats was approved. However, it soon transpired that a school was no longer needed at this location, and the site was sold by the Department for Education. The same architect that worked on that project has been retained for this project and the design principles set out in that approved application have been the starting point for this new development.
With focus now turning towards the revitalisation of our town centres, we feel that a mixed-use development, providing high-quality riverside apartments and flexible working space, is the most appropriate way to bring this site back in to use.
In 2021, we spoke to neighbours, community groups and local stakeholders on our plans for the site. The feedback we received has been invaluable in helping us evolve and improve our plans. The changes we have made include a reduction to the building height, an increase in office space and more detailed elevations.
We recently held a webinar on Wednesday 23rd March 2022 for local residents and stakeholders interested in the scheme. This webinar included a presentation from Architects Initiative on our plans for Swan House and a chance for attendees to put forward any questions they had to the team. If you were unable to attend the webinar, a recording is available to view here. A copy of Architecture Initiative’s presentation is available here.
We will continue to closely monitor any feedback we receive via the Have Your Say form available below.
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